Regrettably, spring doesn’t bring much relief for those crossing the front line in Ukraine. With tens of thousands of people doing so everyday, the combination of the time it takes and eastern Europe’s harsh weather often proves fatal.
With the bulk of those undertaking the ordeal aged over 60, long hours spent standing in line waiting to pass through both sides checkpoints can take a heavy toll. Reports of elderly citizens dying at checkpoints is a constant occurrence.
In Ukraine’s Luhansk region, the damaged Stanytsia Luhanska bridge. Blown up by Russia’s forces in 2015, an additional bridge in the far distance crosses the Siversky Donets River. People crossing from one side to the other must use these two flimsy wooden ramps. Around 6,000 people do so every day.
Below are pictures and info tweeted this week from Ukraine’s Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Seen below, “every two months, Rima crosses the contact line in Stanytsia Luhanska, the only functioning checkpoint in the Luhansk region. For the 80-year-old grand-mother, walking across the damaged bridge and waiting long hours to get her documents checked is exhausting.”
“During peak periods, the current infrastructure at the Stanytsia Luhanska crossing point is over-stretched. To provide protection from the sun, rain & wind to the people waiting in the line to cross, we are putting up an additional shelter.”